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Rules of Play


* All WISL rules will be followed with exceptions as described below.  WISL rules

* The Indoor Three-Line Rule only applies to Goalkeeper playing the ball from within their Goal Box.

 * You must be at least in High School to play in the adult division

 * If a team has a five-goal lead the opposing team may add one extra player

* Slide tackling is illegal for field players.  The keeper can slide only in the penalty arc, and will be subject to penalties if outside of arc. 
Slide tackling will result in a yellow card and 2 minute penalty. 
Slide tackling from behind will result in an automatic red card. 
If the goalkeeper is carded a field player may serve the penalty.  However, if a 2nd offense occurs by the keeper, the result will be a red card.

 * Tennis/Flat sole, Turf and indoor soccer shoes are allowed. Cleated shoes are prohibited.

 * In case of conflict in uniform color, the home team (team listed first on the schedule)  will be required to change.  All teams are required to bring alternate colored uniforms.  A numbered jersey is not required.

 * Jumping over the wall to substitute is not allowed and will result in a red card.

 * Only players and a maximum of  (2) team coaches are allowed in the player box.

 * Spitting and foul language will result in a two-minute penalty.  Persistent infringement will result in a ban from the facility.

 * The game clock will be started at the schedule start time no exceptions.  The game clock will not be stopped for any reason unless the referee deems necessary.

 * Fighting of any nature may result in a complete ban from the facility. Furthermore the offending players may also suffer similar sanctions.  Any physical assault on t referee will result in criminal prosecution.

 * How many players will be on the field when a younger aged team plays an older aged team in a youth league of mixed age groups.
Ex. A U11 team plays 7v7 and the u12 team plays 6v6, but in the u11/12 mixed team league when a u11 team is playing a u12 team they wiil play 6 v6 unless the u12 team agrees to play 7v7, in the spriit of good sportsmanship we encourage the older team to agree to play with more players on the field.

* Youth Players can always play 'up' in a league. That is a u10 player is permitted to play on a u12 team as an example. Youth players cannot play 'down' in a league. That is a u12 player is not permitted to play on a u11 team as an example, providing that the league is a u11 and below league. If you have any further questions about player eligibility please contact the office statt at TIS.

Special Coed Rules

  • Men are limited to 2 goals in Divisions 3 or 4 and Over 30 
  • Women have no limits on goals scored in all divisions. Women also receive 1pt per goal scored


 There are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK) 
 No offside
 GK can only handle the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half.  If they are in opponents half, they have no time-handling restrictions.
 GK cannot play by hand ANY ball played back to them including head and chest.
 Only one pass back to the GK per possession.  Unless the ball crosses the half way line or is touched by an opponent.
 22-minute halves for league play.  1 minute for half time  

Substitutions - Free substitutions are made “on the fly”.  Player can only enter or leave the game in the substitution areas immediately in front of their respective benches, and a player may only enter a game after the player they are replacing has left the field.  Failure to do so results in a caution and an indirect free kick is taken from where the ball was situated when the game was stopped to caution the player.

Kick off - Opposing players must give 3 yards until ball is in play

Kick in

A ball kicked out over the touch line (side line) by one team becomes the other teams ball. The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes opponent’s kick in.  Defense must give 5 yards distance. The referee will give a visual count with his hand.  Players taking kick in can not step into the field while kicking ball back into play.

If the ball hits the ceiling, a kick in is taken at the closest point on the nearest touchline, running parallel to the goal line

Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins.

Goal Clearance

Futsal for goal kick.  When the offensive team puts the ball over the end line, the other team gets the ball.  The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play by throwing it. 

The throw must leave the penalty area, but it must touch the ground on the GK’s half of the field (can’t throw ball past half-line). 

Opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance.   If opposing players touches ball before it leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.  The GK cannot touch ball again until another player touches it.

Corner Kick

There is no arc, kick is taken at the point where goal line and touch line meet (at corner)


Slide tackling is a major foul in Futsal.  It is not allowed in any situation where there is contact between players or where referees believe that contact could have resulted.

Exceptions The GK is allowed to slide in an attempt to clear the ball, if in referees’ judgment; his slide is an attempt only to make contact with the ball, not the opponent.  If GK slid is reckless (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a card-able offense. 
A field player may slide in instances where there is not an opponent close by and no injury is likely to occur. This would most likely happen when a player is attempting to stop the ball from going out of bound or an offensive player sliding to knock the ball into the goal where the is not other defensive player close to the play.

 Players and coaches should use this general rule, if you slide tackle near a player, assume if will be called a major penalty.


Infringements occurring in penalty area (not deemed a PK) will be taken at the nearest point on the penalty arc.

Infringements occurring within 12 meters of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the spot of the infringement.
Infringements occurring farther than 12 meters of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the second penalty spot.

 Fouls resulting in Direct Kick

§         Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

§         Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent

§         Jumping at an opponent

§         Charges an opponent (Shoulder Charging)

§         Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

§         Pushes an opponent

§         Holding an opponent

§         Spits at an opponent

§         Slide tackles with exceptions above

Sending Off Fouls

Handling the ball deliberately, except for GK in their area.  Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving toward the goal. Player sent off cannot re-enter the game.  Substitution is allowed after 2 minutes. 
No shoulder charging.

Indirect Free Kick

 5 yards of distance from kicker to set up wall, and ball is in play after it has been touched.  If the kicking team takes more time than 4 seconds to take the kick, it becomes the opposition’s indirect kick.